Category Press and Media

Martina and Me

A couple of weeks ago I found myself in the oak-panelled drawing room of a west London hotel, speaking to tennis star Martina Navratilova. A few BBC cameramen and sound specialists were there also. Now, it’s not normal that I go round speaking to sporting heroes. The BBC were filming a documentary based on Martina, […]

Speech at Leigh Day

The end of LGBT History Month was unusually busy for me, as I’d been asked to give a few speeches at events in Devon, and then the key speech at an event put on by London-based human rights lawyers Leigh Day. Several people asked me to publish the speech, so I have done here as […]

Hatred and the Overton Window

Kenan Malik wrote the following in the Observer on 25 November: If it is “hate speech” to question a particular definition of what it is to be a woman, or “bigoted” to express concern about non-natal women being allowed into female-only spaces, the very notion of public debate is transformed. There would seem to be […]

The Media: It’s Time to Talk

I became an evangelical, charismatic Christian at the age of 13. Discussing anything about faith and religion with me must have been an absolute nightmare. I’d encountered God, so I knew what was right. If the discussion was whether God existed, I knew He did, and any sense of logical argument that God might not […]

Comment Awards

PRESS RELEASE Immediate 13 October 2018   A statement from Helen Belcher regarding the Comment Awards 2018: “I was asked to be one of the judges at this year’s Comment Awards. I was appalled to see, out of those nominated for the Society and Diversity category, four had written pieces positioning trans people as threats […]

Free Speech or Life and Death?

In her Pressing Matters books, Christine Burns writes eloquently about all the work that a small group of trans campaigners did to achieve a legislative landmark. The Gender Recognition Act took at least 10 years of work as well as a series of court cases. It also took its toll. Most of the Press for […]

Trans People and the British Media – 2018 snapshot

On Monday I gave a speech at the Westminster Social Forum, and my topic was on how trans people currently experience the British media. Here is the speech: Trans people currently find ourselves at the centre of two debates rumbling around the British media. The first is whether trans women are women and should be […]